Thursday, May 17, 2007

Heading to Madrid?

Heading to Madrid in the next few days? Don’t miss the Tintoretto exhibit at the Prado – the first show dedicated to the 16th Century Venetian painter’s work since the 1930s. It’s a rare chance to see three of his Last Suppers together, along with near-riotous scenes from his early days. (Originally slated to close May 15, it's been extended until the 27th.)

Other Prado not-to-be-missed moments: Velasquez’s delightful portrait of the Infante Margarita as her parents pose for a portrait, and the fantastically lustful Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch. You can even take the sinful scene with you; the museum shop sells Bosch T-shirts for 43 Euros.

Whether you're hitting the Tintoretto exhibition or the museum's permanent collection, try to be there when it opens at 10 a.m. Lines seem to be shortest then.

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